Weekend Concierge

Nov 282016
 
fountain-flame-pompano-untapped

On December 2nd,  Pompano Beach will become the first city in the United States to ignite a “Fountain Flame”.  The initial lighting will take place during the monthly Old Town Untapped event across from Bailey Contemporary Arts in Old Town Pompano Beach. The dramatic display is set ablaze when propane is injected into the water, igniting into dazzling flames that dance atop the sprouting flumes of water. Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, founders of Redevelopment Management Associates, wanted to create a great public space ensuring a central gathering spot for reviving downtown. The technology, a nationwide first, is part of their transformation of Pompano Beach into a leader in innovation.

“Pompano Beach is quickly emerging as a national redevelopment model,” said Briesemeister. “The reinvention of the city is focused on securing the best of the STEAM disciplines, with a strong emphasis on blending art and technology. This “Fountain Flame,” located between three new arts venues, is an outstanding example of small towns setting the trends.”

The “Fountain Flame” technology was developed by OASE-Living Water, based in Germany. The Pompano Beach fountain will be the first that utilizes a low voltage ignitor to combine fire and water in a theatrical application in a public place. The fountain works by introducing high pressure propane gas into the stream of water. Once the propane is inside the stream, the low voltage ignitor ignites the propane stream in the water jet to start the fire show.  The fountain also has numerous LED light displays which enhances the stunning visual effect.

RMA assembled a stellar construction and design team to certify and build the fountain. “Our vision wasn’t deterred when we were informed that it couldn’t be built in the US,” said Briesemeister. “Our team worked with national and local fire safety experts to create guidelines and obtain UL certification for this new technology.” As a safety precaution, the fountain is surrounded by infrared beams, if the plane is broken, the gas valve is shut off and the water and propane flow stops.

Burkhardt Construction is the contractor who led the streetscape improvements within Old Town. EDSA, a landscape architecture firm, led the overall design, hardscape layout and concept for the fountain. EDSA also led the multidisciplinary team of consultants for the project, includingHall Fountains, Delta G, Keith and Associates, and Mausen.

This month, Old Town Toasts the Holidays with a festive night including a special holiday performance by the 65 piece American Legion Symphonic Band, sponsored by Brightstar Credit Union and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Performances by Jazz great Randy Corinthian, acoustic music by Ike Woods, plus over 50 holiday vendors, food trucks, art displays, craft beer tastings, specialty drink, a scavenger hunt and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7pm.

For more information contact Shanna Benson at 954-786-7824 or visit, www.pompanobeacharts.org

UPDATE: Check out our post-event photos at: www.facebook.com/pg/WeekendBroward/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1295178237170374

 November 28, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Nov 222016
 
hollywood candy cane parade

Now in its 61st year, the Candy Cane Parade returns to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to delight thousands of spectators of all ages and usher in the holiday season in Hollywood!  The Candy Cane Parade on Hollywood Beach is one of the longest running holiday parades in the country. It was started back in the mid-1950’s by a group of Hollywood merchants as a way to draw patrons to their shops and businesses. Today it features imaginative lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands and dance troupes with parade participants tossing out candy canes and mints all along the parade route.

Musical Notes and Peppermint Floats

This year’s parade theme is “Musical Notes and Peppermint Floats.” The parade gets underway rain or shine at 7:00 p.m. on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk at Scott Street and heads south to Harrison Street. Complimentary bleacher seating is available along the parade route from Garfield Street to Polk Street. Parade emcees will be stationed at Charnow Park at Garfield Street and at the Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street.

To ease traffic, parade-goers are encouraged to park in one of the downtown parking garages and take the free parade shuttles to and from the beach from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The downtown parking garages are located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street. Standard parking rates apply. The Candy Cane Parade is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency.

For event information please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Special Events at 954.921.3404 or email[email protected].

 November 22, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Nov 182016
 
jd-and-straight-shot

Americana band JD & The Straight Shot – featuring vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan whose voice the New York Post calls “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton) and violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) – are set to kick off the new year on tour with legendary artist Don Henley. The trek starts on January 14th in Austin, TX at Austin City Limits Live.

JD & The Straight Shot are currently working on their forthcoming album due out in early 2017. The achingly beautiful first single “I Know, You Know, I Know” gives an exciting taste of what’s to come. The sparkling ballad produced by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert), was written by Dolan, Slaver and Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash) with sweeping accordion melodies performed by Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band). The new song was a rousing audience favorite along JD & The Straight Shot summer 2016 European tour dates with Don Henley and U.S. shows with Joe Walsh.

JD & The Straight Shot spent 2016 touring nonstop in support of their highly praised all-acoustic album Ballyhoo!. Neo Music Scene raves, “Ballyhoo! is a refreshing record that gets back to the roots of great American music,” I’m Music Magazine gushes the album is “A tasty slice of Americana music at its finest,” The El Vee enthuses, “JD & the Straight Shot mix blues, folk, and Americana styles into a timeless American music sound of their own” and Music Matters Magazine calls the record “a listening pleasure.”

In addition to touring with Don Henley and Joe Walsh, JD & The Straight Shot have played alongside luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Jewel and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. New England Music News declares, “Awesome is the word” for JD & The Straight Shot’s live show.

Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight GRAMMY Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles that has become one of the most influential bands in America. Henley’s solo career is acclaimed with such hits as “Dirty Laundry,” “Heart Of The Matter,” “Boys Of Summer,” “The End Of The Innocence” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors later this year, as a member of the Eagles.

JD & The Straight Shot 2017 Tour Dates with Don Henley:

January 14 – Austin, TX @Austin City Limits Live

January 15 – Sugar Land, TX @Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

January 17 –  San Antonio, TX @Majestic Theater

January 19 –  Tulsa, OK @Paradise Cove Margaritaville

January 20 –  Little Rock, AR @Robinson Theater

January 22 –  Atlanta, GA @Fox Theatre

January 24 – Clearwater, FL @Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 25 – Hollywood, FL @Hard Rock Live Hollywood FL

 

Follow the band via your favorite social media pages:  www.facebook.com/jdandthestraightshotwww.instagram.com/jdssband and twitter.com/jdssband

 

 November 18, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 162016
 

Holidays like Thanksgiving can be pretty lonely if you are the kind of person who doesn’t have much family in town or like many people I know these days who just hate to cook or clean up after hosting yet another holiday dinner.  Once again, I have cobbled together a short list of places that will be open on Thursday, November 24th for your dining, drinking and/or partying pleasure!

  1. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar in Pompano Beach – Known for their huge Sunday Brunch Buffets, this hidden treasure located at the entrance to the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course will probably have the largest spread of both traditional and non-traditional foods on their all-you-can eat buffet beginning at Noon on Thursday, November 24th.  Seating will be available in both their intimate dining room or out on the patio.  RSVP recommended (954) 785-0226 $29.95pp (14.95 for kids 4-12)
  2. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Live Music & Great Food are guaranteed 7 Days a week at this intimate restaurant and nightclub located in the North Beach Shopping District of Fort Lauderdale.  Thanksgiving will be No Exception.  Owner Cathy Vassallo has prepared a special menu with a choice of Prime Rib or Cajun Fried Turkey, traditional side dishes, soup or salad and dessert for a Prix Fixe of $20.95.  Since there are only a limited number of tables inside and out on the patio, reservations are highly recommended.  (954) 689-2344.
  3. Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale – Known for their beautiful view of the intra-coastal waterway and docks that let you park your boat while you eat indoors or out on their extensive patio, “Shooters” is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet this year. The carving station will offer turkey, prime rib and roasted ham. The buffet will also include soups, salads, traditional sides and desserts including Pumpkin Cheesecake for a set price of $49/pp ($26 for kids 12 and under).  One other interesting note is that they will prepare a complete dinner to serve 6-8 people for only $95.00.  Call (954) 566-2855 for more info.
  4. Tanzy’s of Boca Raton – Tanzy’s feast features traditional Thanksgiving favorites, from tender Roasted Turkey Breast to orange-cranberry compote and fresh-baked parker house rolls, and Yard’s signature Three-Layer Silken Pumpkin Pie wraps up your unforgettable meal with her decadent twist on a classic.  Impress friends and family while Tanzy Restaurant’s imaginative and eclectic atmosphere sets the perfect backdrop for a memorable evening this Thanksgiving. $45/person ($20 for children 12 and under ) Enjoy a curated holiday menu by celebrated Chef Sherry Yard. Make reservations for Thanksgiving Day 11:30 a.m. – (561) 922-6699.
  5. Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood – Even if you live in South Florida, a trip to the Hard Rock Cafe always makes you feel like you are on vacation somewhere else! You’ll be surrounded by Rock memorabilia and memorable rock tunes via a surround sound system that includes videos in every corner of the restaurant.  Although the menu for all Hard Rock Cafe’s is almost identical worldwide, this location offers some items you won’t find elsewhere.  And on this special day, they have put together a traditional Thanksgiving dinner including Turkey, Stuffing,  Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Pumpkin Pie for a prix fixe of $23.95.   The entrance is next to the Hotel Lobby so be sure to park in Hotel Parking if you want to avoid a long walk through the casino.  For more information or reservations, call (954) 315-9108.
  6. Brogues DownUnder in Lake Worth – This Irish Restaurant-Bar located in downtown Lake Worth is offering a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet including the traditional Pumpkin Pie for a very reasonable $20.00/pp. With 33 large screen TV’s, it might be the best place to catch a bite without missing a touchdown.
  7. City Tap West Palm Beach – New to the CityPlace scene, City Tap is excited to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with all of their new South Florida friends and family. The restaurant will offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring items like oven roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, potato dishes including mashed potatoes and potatoes au gratin and casseroles like sweet potato and classic green bean. Mouthwatering dessert selections will include pumpkin cheesecake and a selection of cupcakes. The Thanksgiving buffet is priced at $35 for adults and $15 for children.

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Live Music on Thanksgiving

Done with dinner?  Need to get out of the house?  Check out some of the following bars and restaurants open for Thanksgiving entertainment –  the bands will appreciate having some friends and fans!

BROWARD COUNTY

Ronnie Davis (1pm) and Butch Corridori (5pm) and [email protected] at Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale

The Silent Shout at Nectar Lounge (8pm), Terry Hanck at Legends Lounge (7pm) inside Coconut Creek Casino

Furious George at Sunset Grill inside Coconut Creek Casino (8pm)

Jam Session & Turkey Dinner ($12.99) at Alligator Alley Native Florida Tap Room & Gastro Pub in Oakland Park

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Big Medicine at Copper Blues “Rock Pub & Kitchen” in West Palm Beach (8pm)

Peter White & Friends at The Duck Tavern in Boca Raton (also, a Benefit for Lilly Cox)

* All engagements are subject to change without notice (unfortunately!)

DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING

Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at www.WeekendBroward.com for more places to eat and drink the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.


 November 16, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 162016
 
mason jar drinks hard rock cafe

Just in time for the holiday season, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood FL is mixing it up with new, limited-time mason jar cocktails. In addition to offering innovative, festive flavors for the season, two of Hard Rock’s drinks will also give back to charity.
The new “Mix It Up” holiday cocktails, available at Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Monday, November 14 through Sunday, January 29, include:

  • Angelo’s Passion – Winner of Hard Rock’s 2016 Global BARocker Championship, Angelo Delgado, created this passionately refreshing and fruity concoction made with BACARDI Superior Rum, Midori Melon Liqueur, Passion Fruit Reál and ginger beer
  • Velvet Rain – A luscious and velvety sangria made with Soul Sister Pinot Noir, Southern Comfort, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, tropical juices and fresh berries
  • Bourbon Milk Punch – The ultimate decadent treat – Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon, RumChata, Monin Spiced Brown Sugar and milk shaken together then topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and spiced pecans
  • Pineapple Sage Rita –  Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and fresh sage bring aromatic, savory spice to this margarita made with Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila and Monin Agave Nectar
  • Maria Sangria* – mix of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Havana Club Anejo Clasico, Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate and tropical juices shaken with fresh lime, orange and strawberries
  • Pomegranate Cooler (alcohol free)* – Don’t take this pom for granate! Monin Pomegranate, Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate, sweet and sour and fresh raspberries, rosemary and lime

In the spirit of giving, for every Maria Sangria and Pomegranate Cooler purchased featuring Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate, Pepsico will donate 50 cents to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, which aims to improve lives through the power of music.

About Hard Rock Heals Foundation

The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.

 November 16, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 142016
 
margaritaville resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, located on the legendary Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in South Florida, invites guests and local residents to join in celebrating its one-year anniversary with a special weekend of festivities. From Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, the 349-room 17-story destination resort will offer food and beverage promotions, retail discounts, spa specials, live entertainment and more.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our one-year anniversary with an exciting weekend of signature events and promotions that will showcase our destination resort,” said Cate Farmer, resort general manager. “In true Margaritaville fashion, the weekend will exude fun and escapism, including amazing live entertainment, unique retail and spa discounts, and several opportunities to take a bite out of paradise with signature food and beverage promotions.”

Special Activities and Live Entertainment

Highlights of the special anniversary weekend will include stilt walkers, magician acts, and of course, the best of the best live entertainment across the property’s multiple stages and venues including the Hollywood Beach Bandshell, Margaritaville restaurant and 5 o’ClockSomewhere Bar & Grill.

Performance schedule at Margaritaville Venues

Friday November 18
5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill
6:00pm-10:00pm Making Faces (Rockn’ Reggae)
Bandshell 7:00pm-9:00pm Havoc 305 (Party Rock)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 10:00pm-1:00am Khemistry (Top 40, Latin, Rock, R&B & Party Music)
Saturday November 19
LandShark Bar & Grill
(2nd Floor) 12:00pm-4:00pm DJ Blix
Landshark & Lone Palm Pools 1:00pm-3:00pm Strolling Magician Richard Laffite w/3:00pm Magic Show in Kids Club
5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 6:00pm-10:00pm Tito C. 3 (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)
Bandshell 7:00pm-9:00pm Bushwood (Funky Reggae)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 10:00pm-1:00am Deep Fried Funk (Top 40, Latin, Rock, R&B & Party Music)
Sunday November 20
LandShark Bar & Grill
(2nd Floor) 12:00pm-4:00pm DJ Blix
5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 5:00pm-9:00pm “Sunsplash Reggae Sunday’swith Inna Sense (Reggae)
Bandshell 7:00pm-9:00pm The Click (80’s Alt. Rock)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 9:00pm-12:00am Jason K Trio (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

 

Food & Beverage Promotions

In addition to the numerous activities all weekend long, the resort will be serving up tasty promotions throughout the weekend at its eight food and beverage venues, including:

 

Retail Discounts & Shopping Events

Guests can sip and shop with complimentary champagne Friday evening in the ‘Live Life Like a Song’ retail store, including 20 percent off all regular priced merchandise.

On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., shoppers can learn how to make (and taste) a signature Margaritaville margarita using the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker®. If guests or local residents haven’t tried one, this is the chance! A 10% discount on Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker® purchases will be available during the event, with free shipping. Those who do not purchase the item on-site during the margarita mixology session can enter to win the chance to keep the party rolling at home, with a free Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker®.

In honor of the celebratory weekend, Margaritaville Surf Shop, located next to the resort’s signature FlowRider® and LandShark Bar & Grill, is also offering 20 percent off select items throughout the anniversary weekend.

Anniversary Package

margaritaville-hollywoodWhy not stay and play all weekend? The resort is offering a special “Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Turns One! Anniversary Offer” for those wishing to be part of the weekend celebration. The experiential package includes two welcome cocktails, a $50 daily resort credit and valet parking. Guests who book the package will receive an added bonus – the chance to come back to Destination Paradise again, with a surprise discount code for their next booking, upon checkout.*Nightly rates start at $253.20 with the package.

For full details on the anniversary weekend celebration at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, please visit www.margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/anniversary-celebration or call (844)-562-5625. Follow Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/MargaritavilleHollywoodBeachResort/ and on Twitter and Instagram @Mville_HBR.

 

*Offer subject to availability, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply.

 November 14, 2016  Posted by  Local Bands, Local Events No Responses »